Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Catholic Blogosphere

One Catholic blogger has drafted an interesting piece on what he calls "The Vocation of the Catholic Blogger", which I have found to be quite interesting, and worthy of note. Therefore, I would like to encourage our audience to peruse this post for its interesting perspective on publishing opinions via the internet, especially by Catholic bloggers, namely traditionalists.


hunt said...

I am pre- Vatican II Catholic. I was catechised before Vatican II. I was taught to believe in the dogmas of the faith about baptism and salvation.I was a member of an FSSPX community until I discovered that they taught the heresies of salvation by baptism of desire and invincible ignorance.
I have looked around at other so called traditional catholic groups and have been appalled by the heresies they promote in one way or the other.
I was catechised to believe in EENS.The FSSPX, CMRI and SSPV all teach the heresies of salvation by baptism of desire or invincible ignorance.
Catholics were never puritans. Puritanism is a heresy that denies the dogma of the faith that God created a good world. Puritanism is a manifestation of the Manichean heresy, which regards the material world has evil.
Catholics were never believers in apocalyptic predictions. These were beliefs of the american puritans which have now infected the so called traditional sects with their obsessions regarding the private revelations of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Sallette.
I agree with the wisdom of St. John the Cross who told us to reject all private revelations because they are not necessary for our salvation and are often works of the Devil.
I therefore do not belong to Catholic group at the moment and I model myself on Saint Athansius and cling to the dogmas of the faith. I am writing to ask what do you believe?

Leo said...

The first thing that should be understood that the doctrine of baptism of desire and invincible ignorance are not proscribed doctrines, and are contained in the writings of some of the Church's greatest doctors of theology. Prior to the Second Vatican Council, it was also commonly included in the theology manuals that constituted the curriculum of Catholic seminaries. Having received no condemnation by the authorities who possess the competency to distinguish Catholic doctrine, there is no justification for labeling it a heresy, per se. It is a theological opinion that has been tolerated within the ranks of the Church, and as such it does not incur any suspicion of heresy upon those who profess it. As to the prudence by which it is taught to the faithful, that is another matter, perhaps it should be restrained to the deliberations of the dogmatists.
On the matter of private revelations, those approved by the Church can be safely regarded, as the Church, like a good mother, does not offer poison to her children.
As to my personal beliefs, I am a Catholic, plain and simple; I do not subscribe to the polemics of the traditionalists, although I study them and have tried to accurately characterize them for the understanding of those exploring traditional Catholic doctrines and values.